Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Turned Overshot: What I've Learned
Turned overshot, for those who missed the beginning of this project, is when an overshot pattern is turned 90 degrees; the weaving is done with one shuttle, the ground thread, and the pattern colors are threaded in the warp. The pattern is threaded twice the e.p.i. that the ground is, so for this pattern, it was 24 for the ground and 48 for the pattern. The piece is threaded on six shafts and treadled on four treadles, each treadle tied to three shafts, and each shaft carrying a tabby thread.
The ground in the curtains is white unmercerized cotton, which was a little sticky, but I think any yarn will be sticky in turned overshot, since the e.p.i. is so close. Threading took a long time, too. The ground was 480 ends, and the pattern was 72.
I will definitely do more projects this way. In fact, the next project will be the kitchen curtains, with a large daisy pattern from Davison, the pattern I used for the tote bags I made at the center a couple of years ago. I wish I had a photo, or that one of the bags was still around, because it was one of my favorite weaving projects to date. I will take many photos this time, as soon as I can figure out how to thread the tabby on shafts one and two.
I think turned overshot is the perfect way to have a pattern running through a piece without having it be entirely in overshot. It is perfect for trimming an otherwise plain fabric. It's a brain-teaser to turn an overshot pattern, but I like the results. I hope I've inspired others to try it!
Time to go get my next warp on!